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With his clean, distinctive art style and poignant storytelling, up-and-coming indie comics sensation Paul Hornschemeier has earned comparisons to and accolades from today's top graphic novelists. Mother, Come Home is Hornschemeier's graphic novel debut-the quietly stunning tale of a father and son struggling, by varying degrees of escapism and fantasy, to come to terms with the death of the family's mother. The story seamlessly weaves through the surreal and the painfully factual, guided by the careful, somber ...
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Overview

With his clean, distinctive art style and poignant storytelling, up-and-coming indie comics sensation Paul Hornschemeier has earned comparisons to and accolades from today's top graphic novelists. Mother, Come Home is Hornschemeier's graphic novel debut-the quietly stunning tale of a father and son struggling, by varying degrees of escapism and fantasy, to come to terms with the death of the family's mother. The story seamlessly weaves through the surreal and the painfully factual, guided by the careful, somber colors and inventive pacing unique to Hornschmeier's storytelling. Mother, Come Home extracts almost tangible drama from the most tranquil of moments, making that which is unspoken in each panel easily audible, and almost uncomfortably experienced.
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Publishers Weekly
Hornschemeier's Forlorn Funnies comics series has been something of an underground hit in art-comics circles. His first book collection is a grimly melancholic domestic tragedy, written from the point of view of a young boy named Thomas who's dealing with the death of his mother by retreating deep into a fantasy world while his father gradually collapses into insanity. Hornschemeier has been compared to Chris Ware, and while the two cartoonists have a few obvious points of similarity-a fondness for flat, muted colors, relentless depressiveness and understated drawing that captures the solidity of objects with a few lines-Hornschemeier has a unique sense of formal invention and a gift for subtleties of facial expressions. The metaphor that drives this work is symbolic logic, both the philosophical kind that obsesses the father and ultimately destroys him, and the logic that Thomas imposes on the baffling world by turning everything into simple symbols, like the lion mask he wears to play at being powerful. Hornschemeier renders Thomas's imaginary reinterpretations of his real life in a different style from the rest of the book: childlike single-line drawings, representing everyone as animals. And the metafictional conceit that frames the book doesn't fully come into focus until the final page. The plot is a real three-hanky weeper, but Hornschemeier leverages some of its heaviness into bittersweet absurdity. He's a talent to watch. (Nov. 2003) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Issues 2, 3, and 4 of the comic series "Forlorn Funnies" are compiled to create Hornschemeier's GN debut chronicling the effects of a woman's death on her husband and son. Switching perspective, time, and metaphysical place, it richly envelops the reader in the fog of loss. Thomas Tennant is a precocious and loving seven-year-old who escapes his grief by being useful: he tends his mother's garden, cleans the house, and takes messages from his father's assistant when his father, a professor, misses lectures. His father escapes by retreating within, becoming isolated from the outside world and barely aware of his son's existence. Hornschemeier shows the utmost compassion for both father and son, who react to their grief the only way they know how. Cinematically written and paced, this truthful, emotionally wrenching work could easily be used as the storyboards and bare-bones script for an incredible film. Each panel tells multiple stories, and multiple reads are required to appreciate their complexity fully. Highly recommended for collections with room for serious indie graphic literature, for teens and adults.-Khadijah Caturani, "Library Journal" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Collecting two issues of Hornschemeier's "Forlorn Funnies" series, Mother, Come Home is a stand-alone retrospective tale of family tragedy told by Thomas Tennant, who lost his mother to cancer when he was seven. The story opens after her death, with his professor father struggling to maintain some sense of comfort and equilibrium for himself and his son. Thomas, occasionally donning a superhero cape and lion mask, fights to keep things together by cleaning up after his father, lying to the college when his dad misses yet another class, and tending his mother's garden. Needing more help than his son can provide, the father checks himself into residential care. Forced to move in with an uncle and aunt, Thomas copes by entering a bright, cartoonish fantasy world where everything is how he wants it. His fantasies drive the heart-wrenching climax when he "rescues" his father from the care center. The simplified forms and muted earth tones of the artwork alongside dark and serious themes create links to Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon, 2000), but Hornschemeier wields that rare gift of layered subtlety. Be it an almost imperceptible change in facial expressions or the slow death of a flower, he says significant, moving things in a few panels that would take pages to convey in a novel. But the book's greatest strength is the story itself and the lessons it offers for life, loss, and, most importantly, how to move on.-Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593070373
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 2/3/2004
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Hornschemeier lives in Chicago, IL and online at forlornfunnies.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Nothing printed on paper had ever made me cry before. "Moth

    Nothing printed on paper had ever made me cry before. "Mother, Come Home" made me cry three times.

    This transcends your ordinary graphic novel. It is an unparalleled masterpiece, and should stand as an example of the best the genre has to offer. I absolutely recommend you read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Sad and moving

    I met the author through a mutual connection in a very different arena. I wouldn't have known he would write so sensitively about this sad of a sad subject because he was actually a happy guy. And from a child's point of view at that. Wonderful work from a talented artist.

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